Hurricane Irene Update (7:30 p.m.)
Hurricane Irene is impacting Fairfax County. We are now under a flash flood warning until 11 p.m. (view flood safety tips: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/floodsafety.htm). We remain under a tropical storm warning.
The National Weather Service predicts the major rain line will generally be around I-95 – west will experience less rain then east of the interstate.
Please remain safe inside, away from windows and glass doors; avoid travel if possible. Road conditions are deteriorating. Please drive safely and do not drive through flooded roads. It will be dark during the height of this storm, so please be careful while driving if you need to.
Our highest tidal surge in the county will be around 7:30 p.m. Street flooding is expected around 7:30 p.m. in the Huntington area of Fairfax County. This coincides with high tide. County stormwater staff is on site. There are no reports of house flooding at this time. If you haven’t already, you should move cars to higher ground.
Thousands in the county are without power right now.
What Should You Do?
- Stay inside, away from windows and glass doors.
- Stay tuned to CEAN, this blog, local TV and radio stations for the most current information.
- Plan to be self-sustaining for at least three days – have food that doesn’t need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day. Have a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries ready so you can hear weather information and instructions from officials when power goes out.
- If using a portable generator, residents are urged to run them outside the home. The primary hazards to avoid when using generators include carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire. To avoid the danger of electrical shock, portable generators should never be connected to building wiring systems. If you must use a portable generator, connect appliances directly to the generator.
- Avoid using lighted candles. Flashlights are safer when the power is out.
- Avoid loose or dangling electrical wires. All wires should be considered live. Even wires that normally would not hurt you, such as telephone or cable wires, could have come in contact with energized wires or equipment.
The county has activated its emergency operations center and is working together to coordinate the county’s response.